"Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days that you
would not believe, even if you were told.” Habakkuk
July 1, 2005-ANSWER: In March you prayed for
Susie, Teresa’s sister-in-law, who was seriously
injured in a car accident that killed her husband and
one of her sons. Susie is back at work now and continues
to heal emotionally and physically. The truck driver
that caused the accident settled out of court, so all
of the legal matters have been settled. Thank you for
praying. God performed a miracle in sparing Susie’s
July 2, 2005-During the first week of July,
the IMB missionaries will be attending meetings in Ghana.
Pray for safe travel and smooth border crossings and
a good time of instruction, fellowship, and spiritual
July 3, 2005-Pray for the team that has come
from the states to lead these meetings in Ghana. Pray
for good health, patience and flexibility if things
don’t work out according to the plan and for Christ
to be honored by all that is said and done this week.
July 4, 2005-Pray for a refreshing time for
the missionaries as they meet together, encourage one
another, exchange ideas and spend time in worship and
study of God’s word during this week of meetings
July 5, 2005-Pray for the missionary children
to remain healthy during this week. So often when a
large group comes together from so many different places
it is easy for small viruses to begin making rounds.
Pray that our children will be encouraged and for new
friendships to be made.
July 6, 2005-As Jeremy Ledlow graduated from
High School June 11th, he and his parents’ lives
have been filled with changes. Pray for all the logistics
to fall into place as Mark and Deanna get Jeremy settled
in the states with a place to live, a vehicle and registered
for college. Ask God to bless them with quality family
time with each other and with extended family and friends.
July 7, 2005-Kim Rhoades left Niger June 21st
after a 3 week volunteer trip of helping make God's
love known among the Zerma. Pray for the many she had
contact with in that short ministry time - that the
seeds she planted will reap a vast harvest. Also pray
for Kim the next few weeks as she reflects upon what
has taken place in her life among the Zerma people.
Friday, July 8, 2005-Teresa recently
led a Baptism course for several women and one ten year
old boy. Pray that they all understood and will follow
through with Baptism. Baptism and making public your
faith in Christ is a HUGE step among so few believers.
Being made fun of, rejection by friends, or being disowned
by family members are very real prospects in this culture.
July 9, 2005-ANSWER: Last month you prayed
for Ben and Amadou, a local believer, and for the weekly
meeting with some of the leaders of the major religion
here. God is definitely at work and your prayers are
making a difference. One of leaders is feeling God’s
conviction; he brought a packet of poison and read Mark
16:17-18. Then, he asked Ben and Amadou if they truly
believed God’s word in these verses and would
drink the poison. No one drank the poison, but this
marked a turning point in the relationship. Pray for
these leaders to desire a relationship with Christ and
for Ben and Amadou to have the right words to share.
July 10, 2005-School is out for the summer
just as most are in the US. Many students here in 9th
through 12th grades have lived far from home during
the school year because the upper grade schools are
located in Niamey and/or larger towns. Many students
will go home and see their village and family through
"different eyes" as they become more educated.
Some of these have come into contact with Christianity.
Pray for these students as they grow in understanding
and especially as they learn what it means to be a Christian.
July 11, 2005-Pray for Ron and Sharon Hill,
Volunteer Mobilizers with the IMB. They will be traveling
throughout West Africa this week, meeting with the various
teams to develop strategies for utilizing volunteers
in sharing the love of Christ among those peoples who
have not yet heard the gospel. Pray for safe travel,
good health and for God’s strategies to be put
July 12, 2005-Mark and Deanna Ledlow will be
sharing about their work here in Niamey and the Zerma
People with churches and various groups in Arizona.
Ask God to give them wisdom in knowing what to share
and how to share it.
July 13, 2005-God's Word will be heard today
on radio broadcasts, audio cassettes, and through personal
encounters. Pray that the Word will take root in the
hearts of those who hear it, that it will be understood,
and that it will draw men and women to Christ.
July 14, 2005-Today is Don Boll’s 56th
birthday. As best I remember the statistic of the average
adult life span here is about 45 years. Add the fact
that very few people here know the day they were born
much less the month and year and this puts a little
different twist on a birthday celebration. Praise God
with me that I have attained such an "old age"
and ask God's comfort for the many Zerma people who
have lost parents, grandparents, spouses, and friends
at such a young age.
July 15, 2005-Teresa Bolls leaves for the states
for vacation today. Pray for safe travel and quality
time with family and friends.
July 16, 2005-ANSWER: In March you prayed for
God to raise up Zerma men to become strong spiritual
leaders. God is answering this prayer through the efforts
of a local Zerma pastor who has been mentoring several
believers. Amadou is one of these believers and is ready
to move into a leadership role. After much prayer, he
has been offered and has accepted the pastorate of the
Goudel Church. Goudel is a neighborhood within Niamey.
There once was a thriving church there, but due to ungodly
leadership the church disbanded.
July 17, 2005-Pray for the Cains, the Sustars
and Amadou’s family and other believers as we
work to clean up the Goudel church property, pray over
the area, meet and greet people of the neighborhood
and rebuild the wall around the church property. Pray
that we will be seen as a light among darkness and that
many would come and hear about Jesus.
July 18, 2005-Pray for Amadou to have wisdom
in leading this new church. Pray that he will be able
to locate the believers in the area and that they will
desire to grow in their faith.
July 19, 2005-Rainy season has arrived. In
some areas the first rains have been so heavy they damaged
houses, causing some to collapse. Pray that those who
lost their homes would have the means to rebuild. Continue
to pray for adequate rains and a good harvest this year.
July 20, 2005-Sandi wants to learn how to read
and write on our porch at night because we have a light
and he has to work in the daytime. A local believer
named Harouna will be teaching him. Pray for Sandi who
is not a believer and for Harouna to seize moments to
share Christ with him.
July 21, 2005-Please continue to lift up Brooke
Hooten, Brandy Nelson, and Kanessa Snow as they prepare
to come to Niger to serve for two years. Pray that they
will close out their time in the states well and that
God would bless this time of spiritual and physical
preparation for moving to Niger and working among the
Friday, July 22, 2005-We accept on
faith that God is at work among the Zerma, challenging
and convicting them of the truth. Pray that God would
help us to be sensitive to where He is working and with
whom. Pray that we would have answers to their questions
and be able to communicate clearly in the Zarma language.
Pray this month for God to give us many opportunities
to lead others to Christ.
July 23, 2005-Ask God to give Don Bolls wisdom,
patience and insight as he assumes the role of business
and financial facilitator while the Ledlows are in the
states. Ask God to give him opportunities to share Christ’s
love with those he comes into contact with each day.
July 24, 2005-The demands of ministry and daily
living can often be spiritually draining. Pray that
each of us would be committed to walking with the Lord
on a daily basis, spending time in the Word and in prayer.
Pray that God would fill us with His Holy Spirit, enabling
us to do more than we can think, ask or even desire.
July 25, 2005-Pray for Yacouba and Renata,
a local pastor and his family, as they travel to Germany
and the states this month. Pray for safe travel and
for many opportunities to share how God is at work among
July 26, 2005-Continue to pray for Shad and
Melissa and their son Hezekiah who are now in orientation
at the Missionary Learning Center in Virginia. This
is a key time of preparation as they transition from
life in the U.S. to life in Niger. Pray that their time
at the Center studying, attending classes, and learning
about language and culture would be put to good use
and prepare them well for the next two years.
July 27, 2005-This time of the year is very
difficult for many people because of the lack of food
and it is worst this year because of last year’s
bad harvest. Ask God to give the missionaries wisdom
in deciding who to help with limited funds and ask God
to bless them with a good harvest this year.
July 28, 2005-Last month we asked you to pray
for “M,” a boy who truly desires to know
Jesus. He and his two aunts have been participating
in a Bible storying group led by Kimberly and Cindy.
His aunts have lost interest and are no longer coming.
“M’s” father will no longer allow
him to participate in the group. Pray for “M”
and his parents that God would speak to them and place
a desire in this family’s heart to study His word
July 29, 2005-Today Karis Sustar turns 2 years
old. Ask God to keep her healthy and to give her a heart
that desires Him.
Saturday, July 30, 2005-Ask God to
direct ‘The Pepper Project.’ We pray that
he will draw believers to this project who will take
ownership of it and that it will be successful for them.
July 31, 2005-ANSWER: The rains have begun
and people have been able to plant. After a long, hot
dry-season the rains have been truly refreshing.
all may hear!